Kathleen Alcalá


Ferry Tales - Turning Family History Into Fiction

Feb 26 – March 1 – AWP Seattle
It was lovely to see many of you at the AWP Conference. I enjoyed our lunches and dinners of fresh, fresh seafood, and showing off our deceptively sunny days. It has been raining ever since!

The Raven at 23 panel showcased some of our editors and contributors, Carletta Carrington Wilson, Matt Briggs, Donna Miscolta, and Anna Balint. Many more came by the table at the bookfair, and we look forward to seeing your work.

It was wonderful to join the ranks of Con Tinta honorees, and I appreciate all the effort that went into making the event a (crowded) success! It was definitely the place to be that evening.

March 19 – Castalia reading at Hugo House with students in the MFA Program at the University of Washington. The Castalia readings were started many years ago by Nelson Bentley as a venue for students to give their first readings. The current students have begun a tradition of inviting previous Castalia readers to join them. Happy to be here!

March 27 - Ferry Tales - Nothing like a crowded ferry to make sure you have a captive audience! Highlight of the round trip was the person who said, after I talked about turning family history into fiction, that she was ready to learn how to write. She has stories from her aunts and uncles and other relations, and she wants to save them and pass them on. This is a project of the Kitsap Regional Library System.

July 20 – 22 - Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies Conference in Dallas.

Nov 22 – Seattle 7 at the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center.

Selected Works

From the early literature of the Americas to the late 20th Century
Creative Nonfiction
Essays on Family and Writing

The Desert Remembers My Name makes an important contribution to discussions of ethnicity, identity, and the literature of place.”
Bloomsbury Review
"...a mesmerizing tale... the author explores the fascinating confusions and contradictions plaguing a culture precariously poised between tradition and modernization."
"She never forgot the power of storytelling as testimony."
The Utne Reader
"Kathleen Alcalá's Spirits of the Ordinary is an enthralling book..."
–Paul Yamazaki, City Lights Books

"This book entered my dreams."
–Alberto Rios
Short Fiction
"Thoroughly satisfying."
The New York Times Book Review

"By turns touching, entertaining, and surprising, and uniquely her own."
Publishers Weekly

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